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“Not the same” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fresh Tapas & Tonics

Fresh Tapas & Tonics
2135 Geheral Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
757 430-8700
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Ranked #678 of 1,238 restaurants in Virginia Beach
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Tapas
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Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: London Bridge
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Not the same”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Really loved the martini's, they were well made at first and strong. Our server was new and needed help; both managed to mess up our order but were cheerful while doing so. Lettuce wraps were very good, as were the fried pot sticker dumplings. Buffalo style shrimp was freezer burned and sloppy, also ordered a tapas that appeared at the table as a Thai noodle dish, it tasted awful and should not have been classified or served as tapas. Our stay lasted a bit more than an hour and the place was about half full, this "strain" seemed to pressure the staff, and our drinks started missing important garnish and fruit accompaniment or they ran out…sloppy bar work regardless. Attention to detail and basic cooking techniques have been lost and an absent manager might just close the doors on this once fine establishment.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Gem for quality and tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

It's hard to find a great VB restaurant. Too many bad places on the strip or by water.
We ate here twice and both times were amazed. Everything is made fresh from scratch. this is a tasting with drinks, but you can order larger favorites. Best risotto ever. cocktails are yummy. Daily specials are really special.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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89 reviews 89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Small, intimate, gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Nice little hidden gem of a restaurant. The service is very personable. The food is good. The martinis were refreshing. Try the Thai spicy beef or the lamb chop.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mankato, Minnesota
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47 reviews 47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great potential but the WORST service..”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

I will start out with the food. Decent variety; I really liked the concept of ordering multiple smaller dishes. The pork dumplings were AMAZING. Also ordered steak strips with a cheese sauce, and shrimp in cornmeal, both of which were also fantastic. Aside from those, I wasn't impressed by anything else the rest of my party ordered. Then again, I do not have a very refined palate.

Despite how much I loved those pork dumplings, I will think long and hard before I EVER return to this place. The service was beyond horrible. They had one server, and she had maybe 4? tables. The long and short of it.... we were there 20+ minutes before we placed our drink orders, waited another half hour before we received even our partial drink order, some of our party never even received their cocktails or waters and gave up by the end of the night. My brother had to go up to the bar to re-order directly with the bartender, then had to go back to teach him how to make his drink of choice. She kept bringing us the wrong things, and forgetting to bring us the things we did actually order. By the end of the night, we had been there over 3 hours, still hadn't received all of our food or beverages, and ended up telling them to forget it, we were ready to go.

Such a great concept, and interesting food. But they need to make some adjustments before I will return.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Glad that we did not believe the reviews. Our waitress was great and the food was delicious. Our two young sons went with us and easily found items on the menu. They said they can't wait to go back. I highly recommend it.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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